The Diamondbacks Minor League Affiliates combined for a perfect 5-0 record. Short-season affiliates Hillsboro Hops (A-) and Missoula Osprey (Rk+) were off for the day.
These are the Snake Stars from last night’s games
3 Stars: Kane County LHP Michel Gelabert 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, W (1-0)
2 Stars: Reno 3B Andy Young 2 for 4, 2 solo HR (13, 14)
1 Star: Reno CF Ben DeLuzio 3 for 3, solo HR (1), BB, RBI, R
(AAA) Reno Aces 8, New Orleans Baby Cakes 3: Joel Payamps battled trouble all night, but turned in a serviceable outing with 3 runs in 5 1⁄3 innings considering this is still a PCL game. Payamps allowed 5 hits (2 HR), walked 2, and struck out 4. The bullpen would be lights out for the final 3 2⁄3 inning, with Braden Shipley, Lucas Luetge, and Stefan Crichton shutting the door. Reno would get on the board with solo homers by Andy Young and Ben DeLuzio, but then took the lead with a 4-run 5th inning without leaving the yard. DeLuzio, who would not make an out at the plate in this game, singled then scored on a Joshua Rojas double before a parade of 4 straight singles would score 3 more runs. Young would add another HR in the 7th to help pad the lead. Rojas and Domingo Leyba would also contribute 3 hits in the game.
(AA) Jackson Generals 6, Chattanooga Lookouts 2: L.T. Tolbert and Daulton Varsho opened up the game with back-to-back jacks in the first, keying a 3-run first that allowed the Generals to control the game from start to end. Bo Takahashi cruised through the first 5 innings before hitting a turbulent 6th in which he allowed 2 runs while recording 1 out. Overall he allowed just those 2 runs on 6 hits and struck out 7 in 5 1⁄3 innings while also contributing at the plate with a walk and an RBI double to help pad the lead. Ryan Atkinson, Damien Magnifico, and West Tunnell would finish the game without allowing any runs. The top 3 hitters in the lineup fueled the offense as Tolbert, Varsho, and Pavin Smith combined for 7 of Jackson’s 13 hits.
(A+) Visalia Rawhide 8, Stockton Ports 4: Bryan Valdez would turn in a solid start, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits in 5 innings with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. A big 6-run 4th inning would allow Visalia to play with breathing room. After loading the bases with 1 out, Geraldo Perdomo would drive in a run with a groundout. The next 4 batters would get hits, 3 singles and 1 double, to drive in the other 5 runs. When the game started getting tight, a fielding miscue by the Ports 3B would allow Visalia to score 2 insurance runs and put the game out of reach. The damage could have possibly been more extensive had their not been 3 outs on the bases, one by Alek Thomas on a PO/CS and Ryan Grotjohn TOOTBLANing twice.
(A) Kane County Cougars 3, Cedar Rapids Kernels 1: Michel Gelabert and Kody Funderbunk faced off in a pitchers duel with neither starter allowing a run in the game. Gelabert would last longer, going 6 innings and allowing just 3 hits and striking out 5 with 1 walk. The offense would give him a nice parting gift, when Kristian Robinson came up with the bases loaded in the 6th. Robinson would double home two with a third runner scoring on a throwing error from the Kernels CF. Kenny Hernandez would go 2 scoreless and Jose Cuas would allow an unearned run in the 9th.
(Rk) AZL Dbacks 4, AZL Mariners 1: First round pick Blake Walston would be a bit rusty in this appearance, his first since getting drafted by the Dbacks in June, allowing 2 hits and 1 run while striking out 3 in the inning. The rest of the pitchers: Nada, Zilch, Zero over the final 8 innings. Brennan Malone (2 IP, 1 K), a rehabbing Cody Reed (2 IP, 5 K), Brock Jones (1 IP, 1 BB, 2 K), and Antonio Cardenas (3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K) would combine for 1 hit and 2 walks allowed while punching out 12. All of the runs in this game scored in the first 3 innings. A rehabbing Herum had a 2-run homer and Marshawn Taylor had an RBI triple. The Dbacks 4th run came on a perfectly executed double steal by two minor league veterans (Herum and Wyatt Mathisen).